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If you are looking for a career in Sport or would like to study a sports-related course at university, then this course will give you the knowledge, skills and experience required to succeed.

Accrington Academy offers a BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Sport and Physical Activity Development which is equivalent to 3 A Levels. The course consists of up to 15 units that cover a wide variety of areas such as Anatomy and Physiology, Fitness Training and Programming, Sports Massage, Sports Event Organisation and Sports Psychology. Students will not only have a high level of delivery from Accrington Academy staff but also the opportunity to work with expert coaches and sports massage therapists, as well as visits off site to gain an insight into the sporting world.  

With a combination of practical and theoretical aspects, the course aims to prepare students with the relevant skills, knowledge and understanding that they will require for a career in sport.

In addition to the outstanding existing facilities a state-of-the-art motion analysis lab, 3G astro-turf, professional fitness room, treatment centre, dance studio, climbing wall, all-weather pitch and dedicated ICT resources now complete the unrivalled facilities.An innovative approach to sports provision will be seen through sporting academies. This includes a Football Academy for 2016- 2017. We have a rich history of students progressing through to a range of university courses and apprenticeship roles.

The Units are covered over the course of 2 years. Students will undertake a number of the following Units over this period:

  • Unit 1 Anatomy and Physiology
  • Unit 2 Fitness Training and Programming for Health, Sport and Well-being
  • Unit 3 Professional Development in the Sports Industry
  • Unit 4 Sports Leadership
  • Unit 5 Application of Fitness Testing
  • Unit 6 Sports Psychology
  • Unit 7 Practical Sports Performance
  • Unit 8 Coaching for Performance
  • Unit 9 Research Methods in Sport
  • Unit 10 Sports Event Organisation
  • Unit 11 Research Project in Sport
  • Unit 14 Exercise and Circuit-based Physical Activity
  • Unit 16 Instructing Water-based Exercise
  • Unit 17 Sports Injury Management
  • Unit 18 Work Experience in Active Leisure
  • Unit 19 Development and Provision of Sport and Physical Activity
  • Unit 20 Leisure Management
  • Unit 21 Leisure Centre Operations
  • Unit 22 Customer Service and Sales in Active Leisure
  • Unit 23 Coaching and Leading for Participation
  • Unit 24 Provision of Sport for People with Physical and Learning Disabilities
  • Unit 25 Rules, Regulations and Officiating in Sport
  • Unit 26 Technical and Tactical Demands of Sport
  • Unit 27 The Athlete’s Lifestyle
  • Unit 28 Sports Performance Analysis
  • Unit 29 Physical Education and the Care of Young People
  • Unit 30 Sports Massage

Students will be assessed by a combination of coursework submissions and external examinations. Assessment is specifically designed to fit the purpose and objective of the qualification. It includes a range of assessment types and styles suited to vocational qualifications in the sector.

Internally-assessed Units
Most units on the course are internally assessed by your tutor. This means that you will be set a range of assignments that must be completed by a specific deadline and include the relevant information. 
Learners could be given opportunities to:

  • write up the findings of their own research
  • use case studies to explore complex or unfamiliar situations
  • carry out projects for which they have choice over the direction and outcomes
  • demonstrate practical and technical skills.

Externally Assessed Units
Each assessment is taken under specified conditions, then marked by Pearson and a grade awarded. The styles of external assessment used for qualifications in the Sport suite are:

  • examinations – all learners take the same assessment at the same time, normally with a written outcome
  • set tasks – learners take the assessment during a defined window and demonstrate understanding through completion of a vocational task.

Some external assessments include a period of preparation

Students will have the opportunity to be a part of a variety of visits as part of the BTEC course. From The National Cycling Centre in Manchester, to behind the scenes at Blackburn Rovers, students have the chance to gain an insight into the range of opportunities that completing a course in BTEC Sport has to offer.

The students will also undertake a Work Experience Unit which offers students the chance to go into a sporting environment they feel interested in and gain an insight into the world of work. In the past pupils have gained experience working with staff at Accrington Stanley and Blackburn Rovers, assisting teachers in local schools, working alongside physiotherapists, helping out in leisure centres and much more.



Students achieving Distinction + in 2015

The thing I enjoyed the most from the BTEC Level 3 course is the variety of different units that are delivered. Because we covered so many different areas in relation to sport, 19 units in total. This helped me to decide that I wanted to pursue a career in sports massage. I got a lot of support from the staff where I needed it. The facilities are fantastic and we were given the opportunity through the practical team and individual units to use these for a number of different sports such as volleyball, water polo and handball.

Rebecca Brereton


This could lead to a career as a….


  • Coach
  • Sports Development Officer
  • Sports Therapist
  • Teacher
  • Personal Trainer
  • Sport
  • Sport

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